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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,114 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1114
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%


Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This malty, full-bodied double alt is also known as “Stickebier” – German slang for “secret brew”. Long Trail Double Bag was originally offered only in our brewery taproom as a special treat to our visitors. With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation. The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to have Double Bag named Malt Advocate’s “Beer of the Year” in 2001. Malt Advocate is a national magazine devoted to “expanding the boundaries of fine drinks”. Their panel of judges likes to keep things simple, and therefore of thousands of eligible competitors they award only two categories: “Imported” and “Domestic”. It is a great honor to receive this recognition.

33 IBU

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hopsputin

California

4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: golden caramel, very clear. large 4 finger solid white head

s: aroma is dominated by sweet malts. some syrup-like toffee notes and dark berries as well. just the faintest hit of some hops in here as well.

t: sweet caramel and toffee malts right away. there is some earthy spice in here as well. fresh dough. the finish is very faint generic hops. this is a nice malt-forward beer. not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here are nice

m: light to medium mouthfeel. there is carbonation in here, but can't really feel it

o: as mentioned before - its not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here work really well. drinks really smooth, and is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 08:40:34 | More by hopsputin
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a bottled on date scored.

Appearance: Clear copper in colour with a patchy bubbly light tan head.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel and toffee with an almost butterscotch aroma meet up with the scent of heady ester alcohol.

Taste: Rich chewy malt, a little toasted, a hint of diacetyl, a touch of caramel and a good dose of sweetness which is cut by an ample semi tangy hop bitterness, a fuming estery alcohol and a toasted grainy flavour. The toasted grain/malt and a vanishing hop leaf flavour linger for a bit while the alcohol warms the body a bit.

Notes: A very intense and interesting brew, well balanced and finishes quite clean for a brew that boasts 7.2% abv. This brew is called a Sticke (secret) Alt Style Ale, an obscure sub-style of the Alts that is only brewed as a specialty ( once in a blue moon ) in Germany, Long Trail has done it justice for an American brewed version.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-1999 00:00:01 | More by Jason
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label uses the term "double alt" to describe this one. That catches my attention right off the bat.

You can tell this is one viscous beer when it's oozing into the glass. It's a clear deep copper in color. Just a collaring of a head. Clean malt aroma. Almost bock-like in nature. Mouthfeel is indeed viscous and syrupy. Full bodied but smooth and mellow. Carbonation is low but fitting. Taste is very malty. It does have an "alt-like" taste, although not as hoppy as many alts that I've had. There's a candied apple type of a flavor present as well. Clean mellow malt dominates. Hops are present only to balance. Some slight alcohol notes. Big sweet toffe. And brown sugar. Yes, a very interesting and tasty brew.

Thanks a million to pbrian for sending me my first "double alt."

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 20:19:20 | More by Bighuge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-brown copper color with a light tan head that fades to a thin layer. Smells of spice and creamy caramel and slightly toasted nuts. A nice swirl brings out the diacetyl and german hoppiness. I forgot how good this beer is. Taste is loaded with rich maltiness. Fruity and sweet toffee, toasty, nutty and very nice long finish. Nicely bitter at the end with a subtle alcohol warming. Very balenced overall. High amount of flavor in the medium body makes this very drinkable.

Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 01:48:50 | More by tastybeer
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Doublebag pours out a partially hazy amber color topped with a small head. Lots of small bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Fruit and nuts aroma with some floral characteristics. Toasted malt flavor with some nuttiness. Sweetness comes in at first, but is balanced by a tasty dose of German hops. The alcohol is masked by a crisp mouthfeel. Great drinkability. For a 7.2% beer, this is quite poundable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 02:26:38 | More by beveragecaptain
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Folderol

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I call a session beer. (Yeah, I know... way too strong, but that's how I like 'em!) Looks good, decent but not huge head although it recedes pretty quickly. Smell is sweet malt, nothing special really. It's the taste that makes this brew. Smooth full-bodied well-balanced mix of sweet malt and hops. Mouthfeel is good too, finely carbonated and just chewy enough. Loses some of that as I get to the bottom of the glass and lose the carbonation, but up to that point it's a really smooth brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 03:31:02 | More by Folderol
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Slightly hazy amber, one finger head.

S- Caramel aroma with noble hop aroma in the background.

T- Caramel malt is rich up front with just enough toasted flavor to keep it interesting. Spicy hop flavor comes through at midpoint then transitions to more of an earthy hopp finish.

M- Medium-full bodied, rich and smooth.

D- I'll take this in annother trade anytime.

Simply wunderbar!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 14:34:18 | More by Pauly2X
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JVEyck309

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Clear tawny red/copper color. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving moderate lacing. Not overly carbonated but this is not off putting.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, biscuity, sweetness

Taste - Sweet right off the start, caramel tastes, nice amount of carbonation - much what I expected from the smell. Hop bitterness follows the inital sweetness but isn't overly intense. Very nice balance overall. Bready, caramel toffee..

Mouthfeel - Chewey, great mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Definitely a very drinkable beer. Great balance to it, the flavors are just right.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 03:25:35 | More by JVEyck309
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interestingly this is described on the label as a "double alt". Never heard that term before, so I've learned something new! Anyway you catagorize it, this is an excllent brew. Deep copper color, great looking head. Rich malty aroma. Flavor and body are rich with a hint of chocolate. A pleasant alcohol warming sensation follows each swallow. Hops balance things out nicely. Good drinkability for such a strong, rich beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:37:29 | More by ExtraStout
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JNeider

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A rich brown color, like a soft underlying amber tone. The creamy off-white 1 finger head held on really well. The lacing after the pour was also pretty gorgeous!

S: Alot going on here, I catch some bananas (which i was not expecting) and caramel. Overall, the aroma was just a smooth blend of sweetness

T: BANANAS! Were it not for the smell I would have been kind of blown away by this. There is also some underlying caramel flavors. A slight bit of hops and grains. It was very complex, yet carried its sweetness in moderation.

M: Very creamy and smooth. Almost like a smoothy if you let your mind really elaborate.

D: Easy to drink because its so smooth, but also a by-product of this is that its kind of filling.

Overall, an awesome beer. The first one I have tried from Long Trail and apparently, after this one, I need to try more! A delicious blend of sweet gloriousness in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 16:52:53 | More by JNeider
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hoplover82

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear deep amber color with a medium creamy white head that has very good retention.

S-The aroma is very very biscuity with some beautiful noble hop aroma. Some caramel notes come through as well.

T-The flavor is much of the same with some soft bitterness and some mildly minty hop flavor and lots of caramel.

M-Very clean and full bodied. Creamy with a touch of alcohol and a slightly dry finish.

D-Very drinkable. It goes down very smooth. I am very glad I had the oppertunity to try this. Thanks Jason! Holla! lol

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 23:42:49 | More by hoplover82
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ngeunit1

California

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is full of rich sweet caramel malts and just a bit of pine hops. Also some bread aroma and floral notes mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with rich sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and some background fruits and yeast. Through the middle, a touch of piney hops come through with some stronger bread flavor and some floral notes. The finish is a mix of sweet toasted malts and some piney hops and bread that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Feels really smooth and balanced. The finish has a nice bit of sweetness and it fairly clean.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nice and complex and very balanced at the same time. The mouthfeel is just right with very nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 05:45:22 | More by ngeunit1
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obrendano

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is easily one of the more complex beers I've had in a while

A - shiny orange like a dark pumpkin, clear as day, head is a little wispy and unstable

S - notes of everything that makes an interesting beer interesting...fruity floral hops, caramel, alcohol, overripe dark fruits....

T - caramel malt base showcases many different notes with each sip. hops are present and bring some citrus. also in the mix are grape and raisin, roasted cashew, a little cherry, cigar tobacco, and an almost astringent finish. it's a lot to take in all at once

M - really superb silkiness, a little bubbly under it, not too light or too sticky

D - this one might throw off people who aren't accustomed to bold and complex brews. would not recommend as a first or even 30th beer for a beginner, but longtime enthusiasts can easily find something to get behind within this one

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 00:14:36 | More by obrendano
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Veillantif

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at a few degrees F below room temperature, poured at 45 degree angle into unchilled stange glass.

A: bright mahogany with a tinge of gold. beautiful steady 1 1/2" thick head.

S: high amplitude: fruity with a tinge of hops, yet there's the richness of a much darker ale as well, with a tinge of roasted malt.

T: much as I expected from the smell: not too much of a surprise, but fantastic anyway. the same balance between pale-hale hoppinees and roasted malt richness is remarkably persistent: it doesn't change as it lingers on the palate.

M: the fizz is a little weak; it goes down a little too easy.

O: juxtaposes a variety of flavors, yet ends up being simple and accessible, and just remarkably pleasant, no matter what your level of sophistication or momentary proclivities may be. beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 19:30:17 | More by Veillantif
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I've had a beer which labels itself as a "double alt". Whatever it is, it's definitely a fine product. Nice amber color and lasting head with a definite malty emphasis although hops are by no means lacking. Excellent body which might be expected from a 7% brew. Would make a good winter seasonal but fortunately it's a year-round product. When I purchased a 6-pack in NH, it was priced no higher than Long Trail's other products which makes it quite a bargain. I had a Sierra Nevada Celebration just after the Double Bag and didn't find it to be any tastier - and I love the Celebration.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 22:34:18 | More by Greenlabel
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple cream colored head over rich gold clear ale. Nose is lightly toasty, malty sweet, and flowery fresh hoppiness. The taste is just as the nose, very drinkable with flavors of sugar sweet malt blasted away by quite bitter hoppiness and some slight warming alcohol too. Finshes long, warming and bitter...a superbly crafted Sticke Altbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 00:23:45 | More by beerluvr
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear lightened copper color with a big, bold ivory capping of frothy foam. Keeps its cap well throughout the seesion. Big patchy lacing sticks in place across the glass.

Aroma is of toasted grains and breads with a nice graasy undertone to it. Clean, crisp, inviting.

Taste is more of the same, nicely mild, wholesome, natural, and easy goin' toasted tones of bread grains that drift long with grassy hopped undertones that add a unique leafy bitterness of fluffy pine to the finish. A very light and tender caramel sweetened warmth resides off to the side then brings up the rear after the finish to sit with a malty warming sensation in the back of the throat.

Feel is soft, smooth, semi-silky, and just above a medium body within a lower carbonation level and only the slight hoppy bitterness and the malty warmth adding to the supply of interest in texture and length.

Quite a drinkable treat. Smooth, mild, subtle, and warming with just that right kinda of balance and roundedness that makes for a good beer. Alt style, and the like. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 01:52:45 | More by tavernjef
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very malty and contains mostly caramel along with nuts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is mainly caramelized malt, but was good. There’s a little bit of hops in there and the after taste was dry and a little sweet. Essentially it was what I’ve come to expect from this style.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry but clean.

D: Tasty, goes down real easy, not very filling and I didn’t really notice the 7.20% ABV much at all. I thought this beer went well with my turkey & stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. In retrospect, I should have brought a 12-pack with me instead of a sixer as I ended up not being the only person that drank it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 00:41:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear copper color, thick off-white head that fades slowly to a few wisps of foam and a ring around the edge, which leaves a decent foamy lacing, but less so further down the glass.

gently floral and herbal hop aroma, with caramel and even whole grain crackers to round things out.

malty and fruity on the palate, accompanied by moderate hop spice and bitterness. toasted flavors appear towards the finish, which leaves a trademark american hop "snap".

mouthfeel is quite smooth. carbonation gentle enough just to keep things lively and doesn't get in the way.

will be interesting when i compare this to an actual german alt...

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:10:17 | More by tai4ji2x
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kkosmoski

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longneck with a bottling date of 8/13/08. Pours a crystal clear amber in the glass with lively carbonation rising up. Nice, tightly-packed, cream-colored head reminiscent of latte froth. All sorts of authentic smelling German malts billowing off the top of this. Toffee, toast, caramel and a bit of butter round out the nose. Fruity to start (apple), going into dark toast and caramel and finishing off with a subtle flowery bitterness and delicate European grain note. A somewhat sharp medium carbonation with a medium-full body and bit of warming. A very nice drinking ale with an awesome malt profile. This has to be one of the most authentic tasting American-brewed, German style ales that I have had. Great job by Long Trail on producing this smooth, unique ale. I'm glad that I'm in the distribution range of this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 01:04:06 | More by kkosmoski
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quality strong ale. Nice roasted malt aroma and a deep copper color introduce a nicely balanced body of mild malt sweetness. The smooth medium body makes for an easy drinking warming beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2002 18:33:39 | More by beernut7
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nixhecks

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is perfect for the winter time, as the higher ABV definetely provides much needed warmth. An aggressive pour brings about a small tannish head that lasts a few minutes. While the malt flavors dominate, they don't overpower. I was a little nervous that it was going to be too sweet for my liking, as some stronger ales are, but this brew was very drinkable and very well balanced. Another great beer from Long Trail.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 17:05:05 | More by nixhecks
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very complex malt aroma that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity yeast finish. The taste is awesome. It is full of malts, bitter hops, and a slightly dry, but fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good altbier. It has awesome aroma and flavor; a great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 02:51:19 | More by WesWes
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Onceeven

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear copper with a nice looking head. Mighty fine. Aroma is of sweet malts and a pleasant alcoholic touch. Bready, very inviting. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, with the carbonation prickling the tip of the tongue. At the same time the beer feels nice and light, not watery, just smooth and light. This is one smooth and elegant beer. The majority of the flavor is comprised of bready malt, and a slightly warming alcohol. Taste earthy/woody at the same time. It's not an overly complex brew, but it hits all the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 00:18:38 | More by Onceeven
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truely a great session beer. Immensely drinkable and smooth. I wish this was more readily available outside of the NE area. Had it this past weekend during a visit to a friend at Sugarbush, VT. Pours a medium brown with hoppy floral scents. Taste is smooth, creamy, slightly hoppy and toasty. Perhaps a little tiny bit of brown sugar somewhere in there. Goes down very easily and could be quite dangerous at 7%+ ABV. Truely a gem worth finding if you're in the area.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 20:54:46 | More by ChrisBowers
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